Definition of doping 

: the use of a substance (such as an anabolic steroid or erythropoietin) or technique (such as blood doping) to illegally improve athletic performance

Examples of doping in a Sentence

increased efforts to detect doping at the Olympic Games

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Froome, though, is getting used to these sort of mishaps and challenges — whether that means recovering from crashes or clearing his name of doping. Andrew Dampf,, "4-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome flies off the road into a ditch in opening stage," 7 July 2018 To some critics, the presence of any Russian athletes in Pyeongchang undermines the fight against doping., "A Guide to Russia and North Korea’s Status in the Olympics," 7 Feb. 2018 Russia played Saturday’s World Cup quarterfinal in the stadium that opened and closed that event; the doping laboratory at the center of the accusations sits just outside the arena’s security zone. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Russia Finally Falls, Leaving a Trail of Admirers and Doubters," 8 July 2018 In other words, soccer was not separate from Russia’s government-led doping. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, "Don't let Russia's World Cup success obscure history of cheating," 2 July 2018 But high points for Russian athletes have been rare since the country’s image was tarnished by doping, with numerous Olympic medals stripped for drug use., "Russia shuts out Saudi Arabia in World Cup opener," 14 June 2018 A year after his own 2006 Tour de France victory, Landis had become the first man in the race’s 103-year history to be stripped of his title because of a doping conviction. Matt Hart, The Atlantic, "The Man Who Brought Down Lance Armstrong," 19 Apr. 2018 While the Russian public is firmly against doping, the underdog victories of Russian athletes in Pyeongchang have given them little incentive to pressure Russian sporting officials further. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, "For Russians, Pyeongchang was a success. But doping's shadow still hard to escape.," 8 Mar. 2018 On Again, Off Again Chris Froome Drama: The Froome situation with the adverse analytical finding (the charge was abuse of asthma meds) reveals how broken the anti-doping systems are. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Lance Armstrong Takes on the Tour de France," 6 July 2018

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1900, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of doping

: the illegal use of a drug (such as a steroid) to improve an athlete's performance


dop·​ing | \ˈdō-piŋ \

Medical Definition of doping 

: the use of a substance (such as an anabolic steroid or erythropoietin) or technique (such as blood doping) to improve athletic performance and that is typically banned in competitive sports … nearly two dozen athletes … have been banned from the Olympics in the last two weeks for doping violations.— Philip Hersh, The Chicago Tribune, 8 Aug. 2008

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